Keep It Groovy: Minor Rumba Blues In A

This “Keep It Groovy” lesson is all about diversifying your blues repertoire. We’ll focus on a rumba rhythm (rather than a slow blues or shuffle feel) and put it in a minor key. By using notes from the blues box and playing to some of the up-beats, we can create a different kind of groove while still adhering to the 12-bar blues form.

While this feel isn’t quite as common as a standard shuffle, you’ve certainly heard it before (you may be most familiar with “All Your Love” by John Mayall & The Blues Breakers).

Enjoy, and keep it groovy!

Ryan Madora is a professional bass player, author, and educator living in Nashville, TN. In addition to touring and session work, she teaches private lessons and masterclasses to students of all levels. Visit her website to learn more!

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